Chord Qutest for sale in Montreal in Layton Audio
Chord Qutest for sale in Montreal in Layton Audio
Chord Qutest for sale in Montreal in Layton Audio
Chord Qutest for sale in Montreal in Layton Audio

Chord Qutest

CHORD


$2,099.00
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Chord Qutest is a standalone DAC introduced by Chord Electronics at CES 2018 to replace its multi-award winning predecessor, the 2Qute. With DAC architecture based on the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest offers class-leading digital conversion.

Qutest is Chord Electronics' pure digital-to-analog converter; it does not contain headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries like the Hugo2 and is designed to improve sound quality in the home. It is Chord's most affordable standalone DAC.



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Features

Technical specifications

The Next Generation of Pure DACs

Qutest is a ‘pure’ DAC (it does not contain headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries like some of its range stablemates) and is designed to improve sound quality in the home. It is the latest evolution of Chord's most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute, which it directly replaces.

Qutest, a What Hi-Fi? Star of CES 2018, is based on Chord's award-winning proprietary FPGA technology developed for the class-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, giving it proven class-leading technical and sonic performance. Perfectly equipped to bring the benefits our digital technology to a wide range of connected devices, it features a galvanically isolated USB-B, optical and coaxial digital input, giving an instant performance upgrade, plus the ability to modernize aging digital source components.

The Qutest chassis is all-new, too. It has significantly greater mass than its predecessor and has been precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminum billet. The Qutest PCB nestles within a shallow cavity in the solid aluminum chassis, giving the circuit board greater protection within the casework and additional isolation from external vibration compared to previous designs.

Qutest offers Hugo 2’s proprietary user-selectable frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls, available via two fascia-mounted spheres, introducing useful flexibility. It also features RCA analog outputs for connection to integrated amplifiers, preamps, and headphone amps, plus high-resolution dual-data digital inputs for connection to future Chord Electronics products.

A further new feature is a user-selectable output voltage available in 1, 2 and 3V RMS outputs for flexible connectivity with a wide range of partnering devices.

The Power of Upscaling

To upgrade your Chord Qutest to the next level, we recommend adding the Chord Hugo M Scaler.

The M Scaler is an instant upgrade to any existing DAC you have. It has the ability to upgrade your standard definition digital input signals and output them to your DAC at a max resolution of 352.8 or 384kHz via a single BNC SPDIF output or via a 176.4 or 192kHz via an Optical SPDIF output. If you have a Chord Electronics DAC that utilizes Dual Data Digital inputs, such as the Chord Qutest, Hugo2, Hugo TT2 or the Dave, then you can increase this output resolution to 705.6 or 768kHz via the M Scaler Dual BNC SPDIF outputs. The Hugo2 requires a special cable for the 3.5mm dual data input, so we've developed aBlack Dragon Mini Coax Cableto connect it to the M Scaler.

Qutest is a ‘pure’ DAC (it does not contain headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries like some of its range stablemates) and is designed to improve sound quality in the home. It is the latest evolution of Chord's most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute, which it directly replaces.

Qutest, a What Hi-Fi? Star of CES 2018, is based on Chord's award-winning proprietary FPGA technology developed for the class-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, giving it proven class-leading technical and sonic performance. Perfectly equipped to bring the benefits our digital technology to a wide range of connected devices, it features a galvanically isolated USB-B, optical and coaxial digital input, giving an instant performance upgrade, plus the ability to modernize aging digital source components.

The Qutest chassis is all-new, too. It has significantly greater mass than its predecessor and has been precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminum billet. The Qutest PCB nestles within a shallow cavity in the solid aluminum chassis, giving the circuit board greater protection within the casework and additional isolation from external vibration compared to previous designs.

Qutest offers Hugo 2’s proprietary user-selectable frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls, available via two fascia-mounted spheres, introducing useful flexibility. It also features RCA analog outputs for connection to integrated amplifiers, preamps, and headphone amps, plus high-resolution dual-data digital inputs for connection to future Chord Electronics products.

A further new feature is a user-selectable output voltage available in 1, 2 and 3V RMS outputs for flexible connectivity with a wide range of partnering devices.

SPECIFICATION

General Features

Materials
Precision machined aluminium casing
Polycarbonate buttons
Glass viewing portal
Color
Black
Weight
1.70 lb (770g)
Dimensions
1.61 H x 6.30 W x 2.83 D (41mm x 160mm x 72mm)
Shipping Weight
3.3 lb (1500g)
Device Power Supply
5v 2amp Micro USB

Performance

Input
USB-B (White): 44.1kHz–768kHz / 16bit–32bit
Dual BNC (Red): 44.1kHz–768kHz / 16bit–32bit
Optical (Green): 44.1kHz–192kHz / 16bit–24bit
Output
1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)
PCM support
44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz
DSD support
Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)
Variable output
Fixed, but selectable between 3v (blue), 2v (green), and 1v (red) via dual press of ‘Filter’ + ‘Input’ upon startup
Driver support
Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS
Chipset
Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Tap-length
49,152
Pulse array
10 element pulse array design
Frequency response
20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
Output stage
Class A
Output impedance
0.025O
THD
<0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300O
THD and noise at 3v RMS: 117dB at 1kHz 300ohms 
‘A’ weighted (reference 2.5v) 
Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation
Channel separation
138dB at 1kHz 300O

Package Includes

  • Qutest DAC
  • 1.5m 5v/2a Switching Micro USB Power Supply
  • 2m Type A to Type B USB Cable
  • Raw Silk Drawstring Bag
  • Owners Manual
  • 3-Year Warranty